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Trying To Make Idaho Competitive

Yes, Democrats are more optimistic than ever about capturing Republican Senate seats, maybe even enough to reach the filibuster-proof 60-seat majority.

But Idaho?

Majority Action, a liberal 527 organization, has trained its attack ads on vulnerable Republican senators in North Carolina and Oregon. But now the group is airing an ad (below) against the Republican Senate candidate in Idaho — and Jim Risch is certainly not looking vulnerable.

Risch, the current lieutenant governor, has a nearly two-to-one lead over his Democratic opponent, former congressman Larry LaRocco, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll. (The race also includes an independent who legally changed his name to Pro-Life.)

Though Risch is running to replace Sen. Larry Craig — you might remember his sex scandal? — NPR political editor Ken Rudin rates the race Strong Republican. Not exactly the place you want to spend hard-earned money on a Democrat.

Or maybe it depends: How much money is enough to take that shot? Majority Action just reported its latest haul:

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Not an Idahoan in the bunch.